Please continue conveying to your Alabama legislators your adamant opposition to expanding gambling.
Today, two pro-gambling bills were voted out of the Senate Tourism Committee and will advance to the full Senate. They are SB3, the Governor’s pure lottery bill and SB11, Senator McClendon’s bill that allows electronic video lottery terminals at the four dog tracks throughout the state and according to the Attorney General, could lead to casino gambling. These were passed by voice vote (no roll call vote).
These two bills will be debated on the floor of the Senate, possibly as early as tomorrow. Pray and contact your State Senator to urge him or her to oppose SB3 and SB11!
Another gambling bill is SB26 (Albritton-R) which would legalize on Indian reservations, types of gambling that are currently illegal under Alabama law for all other Alabama citizens.
It would thus lock in casino gambling in this state.
It would encourage casino expansion to multiple locations around the state – such as Birmingham!
It would ratchet up the pressure from the McGregors of the world to be allowed wholesale gambling rights.
Please ask your legislators to be real leaders and employ legitimate, reliable ways to fund government instead of turning to a casino environment with its multiple costs to the quality of life in Alabama.
The video above is from The Alabama Policy Institute. In these four short videos, leaders from the Gatekeepers Association of Alabama speak passionately to the fact that a lottery is not the answer for Alabama.
The Gatekeepers Association of Alabama describes itself as “a diverse group of pastors united to empower the Church to influence the government realm.” These videos feature Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor of the Guiding Light Church; Pastor Jody Trautwein, founder of the Joshua Generation, Inc.; and Pastor Randy W. Williams, pastor of Parkway Christian Fellowship.
The three Alabama pastors are joined by Bishop Robert E. Smith, Sr., pastor at Word of Outreach Christian Center and founder of Total Outreach for Christ Ministries, Inc. in Little Rock, Arkansas. Having seen what life is like before and after the implementation of a state-run lottery, Bishop Smith’s words are striking, as he enlightens us as to the harsh reality of the effects that a lottery has on a state.